03/12/2023 at 3:00 p.m. by Sven Bauduin – SteamOS, Valve’s gaming operating system based on Arch Linux, receives a hotfix for the Windows-compatible runtime environment Wine and the in-house compatibility tool Proton based on it. This makes it possible for the first time to try out the demo of the new edition of Resident Evil 4, which will be released on March 24th, on the Steam Deck.
The latest version of the in-house gaming operating system SteamOS, which is based on Arch Linux, the free desktop environment KDE Plasma 5.26 and the Steam client, is followed by a hotfix for Valve’s Proton compatibility tool. This is the first time the Steam Deck is able to play the Chainsaw demo from the 2005 reboot of the survival horror video game Resident Evil 4.
SteamOS 3.4.6 Beta is required
Players who want to get an idea of the remake of Resident Evil 4 on the Steam Deck, which will be released on March 24th for PC, Playstation 4 and Playstation 5 as well as Xbox Series X|S, need SteamOS 3.4.6. This is still a beta version of Valve’s gaming operating system, which also brings ray tracing to the handheld PC for the first time.
The change to the latest beta also imports the required hotfix for the Proton compatibility tool, which is responsible for the Chainsaw demo running on the Steam Deck. Players can switch to the beta via Settings → System → Channel: Steam Updates make.
If the Steam Deck is updated via the beta channel, the latest Steam Deck Beta Client Update, which brings further innovations, optimizations and error corrections to the Linux handheld, is also imported at the same time. The latest graphics stack Mesa 3D v23.1 is also installed under SteamOS.
Resident Evil 4 Remake runs on Linux
Like the programmer working for Valve Pierre-Loup Griffais announced via Twitter that the Resident Evil 4 chainsaw demo also runs on other Linux distributions thanks to the Proton hotfix. This requires the latest Proton version at Settings → Compatibility be selected in the Steam client.
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